Frequently Asked


How do I sign up for walk?

You should text or call the walk leader on the number provided in the walk details. Alternatively, you can leave a comment on the group Facebook page. Some walk leaders prefer you to email them. If this is the case the walk details will say which email address you should use. Please say if you will be going to the Town Hall for car sharing or if you will be going directly to the start point. If possible, we would like you to tell us you are coming on the walk no later than 6pm on the evening before the walk.

How do I get to the walk start point?


If you don’t drive, or are not sure about directions, we car share from the town hall (which has free parking on Sundays). If you want to go directly to the start point, the walk description will provide clear details of where the start point is, often with a grid reference. If there are buildings nearby we will provide a postcode as well.

Do I have to join before coming on a walk?


No, you can come along for up to 3 taster walks to see if it’s your thing or not. After that, if you enjoy walking with us and begin to attend regularly, then you will be encouraged to become a member of the Ramblers Association. This is primarily for insurance purposes, but we also receive funding for each member we recruit which helps us to fund events and activities. Benefits of joining the Ramblers include a 10% discount at outdoor clothing shops, a quarterly magazine.

If you decide to Join the Ramblers ,when you get to page 2, remember to select South Yorks & N.E Derbyshire as the area and then Chesterfield 20s & 30s as the Group.


Do I have to turn up to every walk?


No, you can turn up as often or as infrequently as you like.


What gear do I need?


  • A sturdy and comfortable pair of walking boots are essential to provide grip and to support your ankles
  • A comfortable pair of walking trousers. Walking trousers dry quickly and don't get as heavy as jeans after a down-pour
  • Waterproofs are highly recommended especially in the winter and if you are really keen, a pair of waterproof over trousers
  • A rucksack to carry extra layers, waterproofs, a drink and your lunch
  • Gaitors are a good way to keep your walking trousers clean and dry and also give you that true rambler look.

What is the group's catchment area?


The group serves Chesterfield and its surrounding towns and villages, all within 30 minutes drivetime of Chesterfield town hall Including: Stavely, Clowne, Matlock, Alfreton, Dronfield, Bolsover, Eckington, Clay cross, Wingerworth, Whitwell, South Normanton and Bakewell. The group therefore has a catchment of over 250,000 people, from which to draw its members. This is not a definitive area as we do have members who come from further afield and all are welcome.

Can I bring my dog on a walk?


Bringing dogs on a walk is not usually a problem provided they are well behaved and are kept on a lead. However, the walk leader may occasionally advise against it if the walk passes through fields with livestock. Also, please bear in mind that walks through farmland often have many stiles to navigate.


We are part of The Ramblers’ Association who require us to display the following:

The Ramblers’ Association is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company registration number: 4458492.

Registered Charity in England and Wales number: 1093577. Registered office: 2nd floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW.